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The rest of Laragaiís group reported early, shortly before dawn at the stockade compound. Kithaka, who is such a little rascal, managed to climb up the stockade walls and broke a tap from one our tanks before the keepers on duty heard him and drove him out. Earlier he had passed by the KWS office and went under the electric wires and over tuned a plastic tank and pierced another one with his tusks. Olareís group in the company of fifteen wild elephants were present at the stockade compound. Olare and her team joined the orphans for lucerne.

Tusuja and Galla settled to feed together. The two boys who are of equal size had a disagreement when Tusuja took some leaves from Galla's mouth. The disagreement ended in a strength testing exercise that finally ended in a draw. At mud bath time, Kamok, Wanjala and Tusuja were in the first group. Soon after having their milk, the three headed for the mud bath. When they saw the third group running for their milk, Kamok did a quick calculation and decided to trick and the keepers into thinking she hadn't had her milk yet. To make sure that her plan didn't backfire, Kamok incorporated Wanjala in her scheme. Kamok informed Wanjala that they would join the third group just running while in their midst to make sure that no body detected them. The naughty duo were disappointed however when they got to the keepers who were holding the milk bottles. They were informed that they had taken their share and what remained was for them was to walk to the water trough and drink a lot of water. Wanjala scolded Kamok for failing in their plan and wished he was big enough to punish Kamok for not seeing it through. The temperature was moderate and shortly later, the orphans were joined by Mutaraís group. In the afternoon, Namalok separated himself from the main group and returned later when it was time to return back to the stockades.

Tusuja and Galla playing

Mutara and Kanjoro all muddy

Rapsu with friends drinking water

Mud bath time with so many elephants


Due to the ongoing dry season, the Ex Orphans and wild elephants show up on daily basis. The Ex Orphans target the lucerne grass which is provided every morning by the keepers from the store. Two wild elephants that appear to be new in the area walked with caution as they raised their trunks up, trying to determine how safe the area is. They could not understand how a gathering of elephants of similar age were located in this one area, and with so many humans as well! Their curiosity subsided when Laragai passed close by and extended her trunk towards them, probably in an effort of calming them down by answering their questions. Soon after the orphans were through with the lucerne, Kamok led the way to the browsing field where Tusuja settled to browse with Ukame. From time to time, the two could be seen communicating through touch, perhaps discussing the current drought and how it is affecting them by having to walk long distances for food to fill up their huge stomachs. Later, Tusuja and Galla, who are now considering themselves as grown up boys, had a sparring contest that ended in a draw.

Laragai, Kithaka, Boromoko, Sokotei, Siangiki, Garzi, Barsilinga, Lemoyian, Sirimon and Olsekki, every morning take a different route to the other orphans and return back late at night most of the time.

At mud bath time, the hot tempered Ukame, who has made an habit of pushing any elephant close to her after having her milk, threatened to push Namalok. If it were not for the keepers intervening by shouting at Ukame, then Namalok would have had a difficult time with Ukame. After mud bath, the orphans stampeded in fright when a troop of chattering baboons passed by at a high speed. The orphans didnít understand why the baboons were running so opted to run as well! The afternoon was quiet as the orphans concentrated mostly on browsing.

Tusuja playing with Galla

Wanjala mud bathing

Ukame and Kamok



It was a busy morning today as we were visited by a large group of wild elephants who came to drink water here. They were with two young babies Sikuís age and they drank water and left. Some Ex Orphans also arrived mainly for lucerne.
In the bush everyone was looking for nice things to eat. It was already very hot and it was still morning!

At mud bath time the orphans met with Kasigau who they played with after having their milk. Mutaraís group and a big group of wild elephants were also there. Mutara was scratching her belly on a fallen tree with Kauro, taking it in turns.

Later all the orphans were very busy browsing again but Sapalan, Namalok and Karisa were browsing separately to everyone else. Galla was pushing Roi from behind as they played. They walked towards the roadside and started playing in a small water hole that has formed there, before making their way home later on. This evening Laragaiís group came and they went into their stockade to have some of the food that had been laid out for them there.


Mutara's group running in

Karisa holding his own milk bottle

Roi lead the orphans to mud bath


This morning, Ex Orphans Kinna, Sunyei, Yatta, Galana, Wendi and their babies as well as some others appeared at the stockades in the early morning, waiting for the orphans to come out after their milk so they could join them to feed on lucerne. The orphans had their milk and later joined them. Wiva was the most playful as she was piling a bunch of lucerne on her head whilst eating more from the ground. After awhile her head was full covered with lucerne and she did not bother taking it off. Maybe she was trying to carry a stash of it for the day! She is also very proud of her small tusks which are already starting to show. She keeps throwing her trunk up in the air to show them off to the keepers. Maramoja and Rapa scratched their trunks together on a rock. The orphans left the Ex Orphans to finish off the lucerne as they walked out to the Park to browse.
Sapalan and Namalok browsed separately from the others. They prefer to be separate from others or sometimes amongst the older Ex Orphans. Roi later led the group to the mud bath for their milk.

Half Trunk was in a group of wild bulls who came in mainly to have water. Half Trunk tried to play in the new mud bath with the orphans after their milk. He later walked away to join his group who were at the water trough busy drinking water. The orphans later came back to drink water after the wild bulls had left and walked back to the bush to browse.
It was very hot as usual in the afternoon and most of the orphans were hiding in the shade. Wendi's herd passed nearby and Namalok decided to join them rather than staying with the dependent orphans. They walked with him trying to hide him in the middle of the group but the keepers ran a head of them and led him back to the younger orphans. He stood alone for some time and rubbed his bottom on the baobab tree. The rest of the group was busy browsing.

Laragaiís group did not return to the stockades this evening as they prefer to stay out rather than being locked in. Only Barsilinga appeared very late in the evening and we locked him in. Enkikwe is still on medication but his leg is still quite big; we are very busy taking care of him and giving him all the treatment he needs.

Sunyei and Kinna with babies Siku and Kama

Wiva with lucerne on her head

Wiva shows off her pretty tusks!

Maramoja and Rapa scratch their trunks

Namalok scratching his bottom on the tree


The sky was partly covered by clouds when the orphans were let out. Outside the stockade, Narok and Olareís groups were waiting. Shortly later a wild mum with her two calves four and eight years old joined the orphans to feed on lucerne. The four year old threatened to push Galla for no apparent reason. Galla stood his ground and rumbled in an effort to call his friends for help. It was interesting to watch Vuria and Garzi respond so quickly and come forward to help Galla, who they considered as their family member. The wild elephant didnít wait to be attacked by the gang Galla had called and it retreated. Galla was left smiling after the four year old baby fled away. Galla then thanked Vuria and Garzi for their quick response. Shortly afterwards, Kamok led the group to the browsing field. Ukame and Roi couldn't leave without something to keep them busy on the way. The two wise girls carried a considerable amount of lucerne in their trunks that they enjoyed feeding on their way. Ukame and Roi know how tired one gets when looking for food these days and there was no need to leave the lucerne, given out freely, to go and start toiling away once they reached the browsing area.

Karisa started his day's activities with a soil dusting exercise, while Galla settled for scratching exercise when he came across a rock that he saw suitable for his belly. The quiet Sapalan teamed up with Namalok to browse. At mud bath time, Rapa finished his milk and instead of turning to go for mud bathing, he walked to the water trough and joined Half Trunk to drink water. Half Trunk, who is old enough to be Rapa's father, welcomed Rapa and shared water without intimidating the young calf. Rapa felt happy for a few minutes as he spent time with Half Trunk drinking. He hoped that a day will come when he will be big just like Half Trunk. The Ex Orphans briefly passed by the mud bath where Tusuja and Naseku tried to ambush baby Wiva so as to fight her. Wiva, who was accompanied by Mwende, ran a head of Mwende so as to avoid Tusuja and Naseku. Mwende walked in a zigzag style in an effort of blocking Tusuja and Naseku. This was meant to buy time for Wiva to run and get help from her mother Wendi, incase Tusuja and Naseku continued pursuing her.

Ukame and Roi carrying lucerne

Karisa soil dusting

Galla scratching his tummy

Wiva running from Tusuja and Naseku




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